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Mileage: 145,600 km (91,000 Miles)
Engine: 4D56 Turbo Diesel 4-Cylinder Engine
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic Transmission with Overdrive
Exterior color: Grey Exterior
Interior: Grey Cloth Interior
Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) 25-Year Import Exemption
Four Wheel Drive High and Low Gearing
Front Cool / Heat Box
Altimeter & Inclinometer
Rear Captain Chairs
Rear Bench Seat with 60/40 Fold Down Split
All Rear Seats Fold Flat to form Two Narrow Beds
Rear Climate Controls
Remote Lift Gate Door Lock
Pop Top Camper with Upstairs Bed
The Mitsubishi Delica is the one of the most unique and capable 4x4 vans ever made. They are like Tonka Toys! They are the best 4x4 van for the buck—period, and are finally legal in the United States thanks to the 25-year import exemption rule. They offer Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro coolness with Japanese reliability and turbo diesel power. The third generation Delica, known as the L300 Delica Star Wagon, was derived from the Toyota Land Cruiser-like Mitsubishi Pajero SUV, but adapted to van form. They were tougher and more capable than the Toyota Hi-Ace competitor. The Star Wagon came in several trim levels, but all were well optioned. Features included plush interiors, fog lights, a front heat / cool box for your drinks, a high roof, Crystallite skylights, projector headlights, fog lights, altimeter and inclinometer gauges, front and rear bull bars, side and rear steps, power windows, rear air conditioning controls, seven passenger seating, and enough mirrors to shoe-horn it through the crowded streets of Tokyo with ease. The 4D56 four-cylinder turbo diesel engine is one of Mitsubishi’s most reliable power plants, producing 145 foot pounds of torque and respectable gas mileage of around 20 mpg. They aren’t fast by modern standards, but it is a noticeable torque improvement over a Vanagon. The tall ride height and short overhangs give it legitimate 4x4 capability (4WD High and Low), while an efficient boxy design allows significant interior room. Excellent visibility and lots of mirrors make it very easy to drive—even from the right seat. Parts and repair guidance can be sourced through Internet suppliers north of the border and a cult following online. The Delica fits the Colorado outdoor lifestyle perfectly, making a great rig for camping, cycling, rock climbing, skiing, or just hauling 7 adults in comfort and style. Life is too short for boring cars!
Mitsubishi Delicas are one of our niche vehicles at Glen Shelly Auto Brokers. This 1991 Exceed with an ultra rare pop-top was part of a bundle of Delicas that we purchased, all imported from Japan via Canada (if this one doesn’t suit your tastes, we have four more). I drove it from Vancouver to Colorado myself, camping and sleeping in the pop-top along the way. It is one of the nicest Delicas I’ve seen, having an excellent body, interior, and mechanicals. There is no rust and the paint is in excellent condition. The interior is in very good shape, and all features work including the refrigerated cool box. In preparation for sale it received a fresh timing belt, water pump, aluminum radiator, drive belts, shocks, and tires. The pop-top was custom installed and raises horizontally, being aided by lifting shocks. Two removable slats allow plenty of standing room when open or slide into bed when closed. A memory foam mattress sits on top of them. There is enough room for two adults and a dog or gear with the bed in place. I slept better up there than I do in my own bed—thanks in part to cool mountain air through the screen windows. The lower seats fold flat into another bed, or you can remove the rear bench and build it out to suit your tastes. I have a custom camper builder I work with if you want to explore professionally-built options. We are nearly finished the 25-year exemption import process. When we are done it will come with a State of Colorado assigned VIN number and a clean Colorado title. All original emissions equipment is intact and we pay for and ensure that it passes emissions in Colorado.
Right Hand Drive / JDM Imported Vehicle FAQs
Right Hand Drive: Driving a right hand drive vehicle is as easy a left hand drive—don’t be intimidated by it. The Delica is one of the easiest right hand drive vehicles to drive thanks to excellent visibility and ample mirrors. I teach performance driving and would be happy to give any necessary instruction required to develop confidence driving from the right seat.
25-Year Rule Import: Owning a 25-year rule imported vehicle is legal according to Federal regulations, as long as it passes emissions. The only states that have extra requirements are California and Hawaii. California requires 1975 and later vehicles to be CARB legal, which the Delica is not. You would need to have it independently tested ($1500 per test at most labs) and CARB compliant in order to get it CARB certified. Hawaii is even stricter, making it cost-prohibitive to certify a 25-year rule car there.
Parts Supply and Maintenance: Any good Diesel Mechanic can work on your Delica; they are very simple vehicles. Parts can be sourced via online sources. There are a few aftermarket parts dealers out there, but Amayama is our favorite source. The easiest way to find the part you are looking for is by vehicle VIN. Lead-time on parts is usually 1-2 weeks, so plan accordingly.